For some parents, sex can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss with their children. To make sure teenagers are well-informed about their reproductive health and choices, the Guam Department of Education held a sexual development conference earlier today.
Studies have shown that adolescents who received comprehensive sex education are significantly less likely to become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted disease than those who receive no formal reproductive education.
Educators from the island’s public schools attended the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Conference to learn how to better teach students about sexual development.
According to workshop facilitator Darrel Lang, making sure that teachers understand their own sexuality is important so that they are better capable of teaching the subject, which why he’s incorporated exercises into the seminar to promote student interaction and engagement.
“Sitting back and forth telling you one thing is the worst kind of instruction. But when there’s interactive activities, they can see the process and so that’s what my goal is…to give them as many interactive activities to do in the classroom to help the students open up about the issues and maybe help them make better decisions,” Lang said.
At the completion of the three-day program, participants will be able to effectively teach students about safer sex, STD prevention, and other topics such as gender identity and sexual orientation.
Lang also adds that making sure that teenagers are properly informed about their sexuality and reproductive health cannot just be up to their teachers.
“We can all do this together. It can’t be one person. It has to be a combination of the school, community, classroom … All of those are important parts when it comes to making change with kids,” Lang said.